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what long term effects of alcohol abuse are common?

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Dr. Barbara Toohill
Clinical Psychology 12 years experience
Varied and severe: Long term alcohol abuse has a variety of negative physical and psychological symptoms including vitamin deficiency, liver damage, premature aging, dementia, and chronic sleep deficiency due to inhibition of rem sleep. It is nothing to take lightly, and treatment should be sought as soon as possible to avoid the start of permanent damage.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Alcohol: Effects depend on the amount consumed. Small to moderate consumption causes reduced risks of blood clots , stone formation , diabetes & rheumatoid arthritis. Large consumption causes impaired memory & vision, anemia, cardiomyopathy, hepatitis, cancer mouth/esophagus, gastritis, pancreatitis, diabetes type 2, depression, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia, panic, cravings.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to take medications that contain alcohol during pregnancy?

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Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 17 years experience
No: Alcohol is not safe in pregnancy and can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome. There is no known safe amount of alcohol in pregnancy. So once you know you are pregnant, you should stop all of it. This includes even the small amounts that are in some medicines.
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What is the safest amount of alcohol I can drink in pregnancy?

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Zero fl oz: In the United States the recommendation is to avoid alcohol completely.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to take medications containing alcohol while pregnant?

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Yes: Usually the medications that contain alcohol are cough suppressants and such. When used as recommended and for short duration it is ok.
A 21-year-old female asked:

What effects does acohol and smoking have on brain tumor? How can I care for someone with brain tumor?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Part of the team: Brain tumors are either benign or malignant and are either primary or due to tumors elsewhere in the body. Any patient with brain tumor needs a team support. There may be a surgeon, cancer specialist, neurologist, radiation specialist, chemotherapy team, rehab therapists, psychological support, etc. You can help by being part of the team. Alcohol in small amounts should not harm but no smoking.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How do you help someone to stop drinking alcohol?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Alcohol: Guide them to seek counseling, attend rehab program , & aa meetings. Also need to monitor by addiction specialist for withdrawal.

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